In the year 2000 I was 16 years old and life sucked. Because I failed maths, I had to repeat a year with a bunch of students I only knew by sight and it was extremely hard for me to get to know new people and habits. I cried for three month until Christmas until I got used to the new situation. Who knew that I would meet my dearest friends in that class and that 17 years after this, my whole circle of friends, would be based on those new friendships. It turns out that I was wrong about a lot of stuff and that things happened differently as I imagined. I made a list of things I would tell my 16-year-old self if I could.
It’s Eurovision Song Contest time! Yay! The gay Super Bowl is back! Make yourself comfortable on your couch with some friends and a couple of beers and watch the first semi final tonight at 9 p.m. Watch it on PHOENIX if you want so see it in German or on FRANCE4 for those who prefer it in French. You can also stream it online on the ESC web page.
Now you may ask me why do I watch it? On one hand I like traditions and I have always watched it since I was a kid, and there is also the fact that I love to make fun of people on tv. Nobody gets hurt, I can do my jokes and feel funny, it’s perfect. This is why I have always been a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the past, I was even a member of the Luxembourgish fan club of Eurovision, the OGAE Luxembourg. With a couple of friends I helped to organize several charity galas with original ESC singers and I even co hosted the show three times. Whether you love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest is part of European music culture.
Today is my birthday. I love birthdays, especially my own one. By the way, I have to congratulate and thank my mother for being three days in labour and bringing me into the world. Mom you did a great job! For this occasion I want to write about themed parties. I like to dress up and to organise a whole event focusing on one theme. Here are some less common theme ideas you may want to recreate.
1. Grandpas and grandmas
Choose your favourite elderly person and try to find clothes like her. You may find these in your grandparents closet or in a thrift shop. (I know you are thinking about Macklemore right now!) It’s a cheap costume if you are inventive. My very good friend who prefers to stay anonymous, let’s call him Adi, short form of Adelaide, not Adolf, is really good at dressing up! Like the Dalai Lama stands for peace, like Britney stands for slutty videos and David Hasselhoff for eating burgers gracefully, Adi stands for choosing the perfect costume. He is the king of disguise. See the picture below, this is a 30 year young man who likes to dress to impress…
2. Pyjama party
This is the theme I will have this year. You cannot imagine how many people don’t have nightwear. It’s a kind of risky theme, because I don’t know how many people will show up naked. I really hope the ugly ones will wear at least sweat pants.
When my friend, Adi, the king of disguise went to Africa for his job, we threw an african themed party where we dressed up as wild animals, trees, big mamas, slutty ladies and religion fanatics. I told you not to expect political correctness!
4. Come as your favourite pop song.
Again for this one, the title is pretty clear. Listen to song lyrics and be inspired. You can dress as “walk like an Egyptian”, “like a virgin”, “breakfast at Tiffany’s”. There are so many possibilities.
5. Welcome to Russia
There is probably a fur hat from 2007 in the back of your closet, go grab it and wear it with sweatpants and a white t-shirt infused with vodka stains, or reuse the sequin slutty dress you bought for new years eve end never wore again. Perfect, your costume is ready, but please don’t forget your accent and use a kitchen knife as an accessory like I did.
6. Hustlers and whores
Finally you can enter a sex shop without any kind of shame. Not that you should be ashamed if you are a regular customer, but for this theme you will clearly find the best accessories in an adult shop.
7. Toga party
I was once at a toga party in Germany and it was the most lucrative party ever! Nobody has pockets in their costume and you will find plenty of money on the floor.
8. Schlager / Chanson / Euro Trash
Dress up as Rick Astley, Modern Talking, Dalida or Edith Piaf, the playlist should match your outfits.
9. Cleaning staff
If you do not want to clean up the party mess the day after the event invite your guests to dress up as cleaning staff. Maybe they get into cleaning mood. You can be a sexy french maid or a not so sexy Portuguese cleaning lady.
10. Le détail qui tue / the devil is in the detail
Dress up for clubbing but wear an accessory which kills the look.
11. Après Ski
Good theme for an outdoor party. You can wear winter clothes and sing to your favourite après-ski songs.
12. Personality switch
You know “secret santa” which consists in putting every party guests’ name in a jar and picking one guest to buy him a christmas present. For this theme you do exactly the same and you have to dress up as the person you fished out of the jar. This is also a great opportunity for gender switching. As pictured here, you can see the king of disguise dressed up as me and he pretty rocked the party!
Masks can be a chic accessory if you don’t want to wear a costume but if you still want a themed party.
14. Gay icons
There are so many great gay icons like Lady Gaga, Elton John, Kylie (the one and only Kylie, the great one, not the botoxed duck face princess), Madonna, Britney, Freddie Mercury, Andy Warhol, Cher. Choose your favourite one.
15. Kid’s party
If you don’t have kids (I’ve been told that dogs do not count as children) but you feel the need to buy all the Frozen supplies at your grocery store, then you have to organise a children’s birthday party.
I am not a gay man over 40 but I do love Eurovision. 12 points go to the eurovison themed party.
17. Under construction
For this party you will find the decoration on the street. I do not incite you to steel any street sign. You can borrow it for one night, use it as the perfect decoration and bring it back the day after where you found it. Nobody will notice it. Hardware stores sell cheap overalls to wear as a costume and to reuse for your DIY projects.
18. Marine party
Again a great theme to dress up slutty! You can also be a captain, a sailor, a fisherman or if you have good legs you can be Cher in her best video ever “If I could turn back time”, epic!
If you have a theme suggestion make sure to send it via twitter or snapchat @lariviererose or tag me in your instagram pictures.
Happy birthday to me, where is my Sephora gift? I didn’t get any bithday mail this year!
Are you watching the oscars tonight? Since in Luxembourg it will be very late or very early depending on how you see it. I will be lying in my bed during the show. To be honest I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies yet since they are not on Netflix. I will probabely see them in two or three years. What I’m really looking forward is reading the Dlisted blog and all the mean articles dedicates to the stars on the red carpet and to spam my friends on messenger with funny Gifs. What will be the worst dress? Will there be a big faux pas? Will Jennifer Lawrence fall again and Leo commit suicide after losing the oscar to his co star the bear? Or will he quit acting because Lady Gaga wins it? All these irrelevant questions will soon be answered. Have a nice sunday!
This title might sound stupid because partying seems to be automatically connected to fun however as a faithful member of party generation since more than 15 years, I can tell you that the theory is quite different in practice. Of course there are those unforgettable nights like the one where your friends peed on the front door of your ex’ house because at that moment it seemed to be the only reasonable and fair act of revenge. Or like the night you quit in secret the party you were actually invited to, to have tequila shots at the bar downstairs.
What I want to say is that often the anticipation seems to bring more satisfaction than the actual evening. And here are my tips to avoid disappointment after a night out.
1. The shoes
High heels are sexy, patent shoes are chic and long distance walks are a pain in the ass. Think about buying a pair of foldable flats like butterfly twists. You can easily carry them in your bag.
2. The drive home
Let the one that is the least drunk drive home might sound as a good plan at 4 am but it’s not! Always keep some cash in an extra pocket of your bag for a cab.
3. The expectations
Try not to have expectations for the evening or you will possibly be disappointed. If single, stop thinking that tonight is the night you will meet your future husband. Because it’s probably not. What you can expect is a hangover the day after. Hangovers are trusty! And so are the many visits to the bathroom and they can be on the runny side. I start talking about expectations and end up with poop stories. Well everybody likes poop stories, don’t you?
4. The outfit
What looks good in the changing room is not necessary the best for the club. A bodycon dress might channel your inner Beyoncé and look good on a selfie but it definitely rides up when you shake it up on the dance floor. Choose something that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
5. The bag
Carry a crossbody bag if you are like me and tend to forget your bag somewhere under a table while dancing and ordering more beer. Things that I lost / someone from stole me when I was tipsy:
2 cameras / 1 phone / a whole weekends budget / my dignity
6. The free drinks
This one often worked for me. Sit at a bar with your friends, order some shots and sing happy birthday. The shots will be for free if the bartender is nice. Change bar. Repeat.
7. The emergency kit
Pack your bag and leave tonight, would say George Michael. You don’t need your whole make up for a night out, I hate the girls in bathrooms who carry enough stuff to film a whole make up tutorial. They never leave the mirror. What you need is powder, your lipstick and perfume. Ask for samples of your perfume at Sephora, they are for free.
8. The theme party
If you go to a themed party dress up for that theme even if you know that nobody will dress up. Who cares what the other people think? You and your friends will have fun and get in touch with a lot of new people, which means flirting or free drinks or both.
9. The phone
Leave that phone in your pocket! Your friends are all at the same party as you are but if you feel the need to check your facebook feed for the seventh time in ten minutes, hey, just do it! You might miss a cute cat video.
Now after all these tips you can add me on snapchat “lariviererose” and send me drunk party videos. You might get one back.